12 week old puppy playing really rough with 1 year old Lab
I just recently adopted a 12 week old lil pit girl and since she has come home she has been very rough and pushy with my 1 year old lab. He has been very patient with her and they play well for a short period then she tend to bite onto he face area and hold on and doesn't let go. She growls but doesn't shake her head while doing it but doesn't let go. Also when he run around trying to play it seems to set her off with chasing him and growling and seems to make the pushynes and biting intensify. She is my first pit and he was my first lab and his training with other dogs went much smoother. I'm wondering if anyone had some advice of if I should let them settle it themselves by letting him put her in her place. Or if because from a young age I established with him that I'm the one in charge if I have to snap at her to show her that her play is too rough. I need the help because he was my girlfriend and I's first dog together and she is very bonded with him and is a little overwhelmed and frustrated with her behavior and doesn't want him to get hurt. I also have thought about correction collars and wonder if that is something anyone has experience with and if it would be beneficial to her that way her and I have an extended reach for when she starts to do these things to stop her right away even if we aren't right next to her. Thanks for any advice
first off how old was your pit when you got her?
I would hope that she was at least 8 weeks before she was taken from here parents, that is the time where the parents will teach them how tough is too tough to bite.
Biting of the face in pits is something that I've seen as a habit and sort of a sign of love, like in the joules / throat area. I see my pit do it with his pit friends and If I pinch him there if he's scared or nervous it calms him down. pit puppies can have very sharp teeth.
I've seen the problem your describing before, my girlfriend got a young girl pit runt and it used to chew my pups face off. do you know anyone else with a pit? maybe get them to play together? when I got my first pit, all my friends had pits too so he got to play with them a lot, lots of running and rough housing.
I also strongly believe that your dog must feel that you are stronger than him/ her. never strike or hit the dog, but if they are nibbling or biting, stoping them and holding their snout shut while stomping your foot. I feel that stoping foot or slapping shoe on wall sends a lot of energy their way, which they can be intimidated by more so than hitting them. they're pits they play hard, pain does not really translate, but they loud startling sound you create can show your strength.
hope that helps
Start correcting your pup as soon as she does this behavior to the other dog, she needs to learn it is not ok. Supervise them when they are together and as soon as she starts crossing the line, the fun must stop. Even if your lab gets along with other dogs there may become a time that he has had enough and act out aggressively, especially as the pup gets older.... Try directing play toward a tug toy or something like that, it helped my girl a lot.
We adopted her when she was 12 weeks old, there were 3 pups that were brought to the local ASPCA. They didn't have much info on her parents or anything like that. But we don't have any friends with pits unfortunately, we have been supervising them and the play has gotten better but she still is learning.
That makes a lot of sense regarding the nipping being a playful affectionate thing though. And I've learned how sharp her teeth are, a couple of inadvertent snaps on me while going for toys. I also think a big part of it is that she has a lot of energy and we can't take her to dog parks just yet until she gets her last set of shots in 2 weeks. So for now he is the only out let of dog play she has for now.
She is taking quickly to treat training and does respond when I give them a loud "break" when they're play is escalating too high. They have been playing more with tug toys and other chew toys but after a little while she looses interest in the toy and starts to want to have more wrestling and body play than tug of war anything like that.
We've bought some books on the bully bread and have started to learn more of her cues. My girlfriend is also a dog trainer in training and we've been talking to her different mentors. I think we are starting to get more comfortable with her and she is adjusting to us, so thank you for the advice.
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